NS university leaders explain decision to take teachers’ union to court

February 7, 2017

Taking legal action against the Nova Scotia Teachers Union was a “last resort,” write the presidents of Mount Saint Vincent University, St Francis Xavier University, and Acadia University. In a nearly identical letter posted on the schools’ websites, the presidents acknowledge the frustration of all those involved in the dispute, which centres on the inability for education students to pursue teaching practicums under the current strike. The presidents note that while they are willing to change their degree requirements to help the 600 students affected by the strike, they note that they “have no authority to change the number of weeks required for teacher certification—in Nova Scotia, in other provinces and internationally.” CBC